For many in ministry, Deuteronomy 6:4-9 is a well-known passage. Some even go so far as to say that this passage speaks AGAINST children’s ministry. Obviously, I am not one of those or I would not be doing children’s ministry. However, what is clear is that this passage provides an outline for discipling kids at home.
When you sit in your house. I’ve talked about using TV to teach your children, but that is not the only opportunity to disciple the children that live with you, while you’re at home. Look for opportunities to teach them. Talk with them about what God is revealing to you during your quiet time. Aren’t taking a quiet time on a regular basis? You really should be. Remember you can’t lead someone where you have not been or are not going. “When you sit in your home” can be meal times. It can be while watching TV. It can be pretty much anytime that you are in the house together.
When you walk along the road. Obviously at the time this was written cars did not exist and chariots were mainly machines of war. So, the modern day equivalent would be while your driving along the road. Do, you take your kids to school? Do you pick them up from school? This is a great time to talk about their day and look for the cues in that conversation that can lead to talk of spiritual matters.
But, I don’t know what to say. In the beginning having such conversations can be uncomfortable. Where do you start? What do you say? My recommendation would be to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide your words. Trust me, He will. And, the more you listen to Him the easier it will become. But, if you’re looking for a place to start the conversation, think about what the preacher preached the past Sunday. OR ask them what their Sunday School or children’s church lesson was about. Use these points as a starting point for the discussion. When you sit in church or in your Sunday School class think about what is being taught and how you might discuss it with you children. Take some notes, if you need to.
The bottom line is to make Spiritual discussions a regular part of your daily lives, not just a special event or even a certain time during the day. Jesus used ordinary things and everyday moments to teach and so should we.Matt Norman
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